Creating Inclusive Communities

The UN has dedicated the third of December as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and the theme for this year is ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all.’ It aims to raise awareness and mobilise support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of people that society often overlooks and some Clover Mama Afrikas have been working towards this goal for decades. They have patience, love, and the creative drive to assist these people in overcoming all of the difficulties they face. But December is also the start to the festive season, and we would like to wish all of our supporters safe journeys, happy holidays, and a blessed new year.


25 December - Mama Albertina Bloko
27 December - Mama Doris Ndingane
1 January - Mama Pauline Mokae

Upcoming Training and Events

15-19 January - Beginners Sewing
26 January - 3 February - Smarties Week 2018

Mama Mary Visagie

Mama Mary is a dedicated teacher and was a member of The Women’s Development Forum. Together they identified a great need for children with learning and other disabilities, and so in 1999, Mama Mary Visagie established the Oasis Skills Development Centre. Together with caregivers, they provide assistance, support, training, and guidance to persons with multiple (physical and mental) disabilities. In 2008 she was appointed as a Clover Mama Afrika because we believe that especially in the rural communities of our beautiful country, education provides hope and restores dignity to the hopeless. Since most of her learners come from previously disadvantaged communities and deprived households, they never had access to an education suited to their needs, or even just basic life skills training. Now, they have. The centre has an Early Childhood Development facility with a stimulation room for children with disabilities to play and a computer laboratory for improving computer skills. Her outreach programme reaches 1 400 people, while she takes care of 64 children and 12 elderly.

What has Mama Mary been up to?

Mama Mary’s new year's resolution for 2017 was to see more practical skills from her bakery and needlework projects transferred to senior persons with learning disabilities so that they can generate a sustainable income. Since our last visit, we noticed that she has been working hard to make her resolution a reality. The centre produces quality products and has very loyal workers. Her bakery is doing quite well, and her food garden feeds all those in her care with organic, fresh fruit and veggies.

Wishes for the festive season and 2018 from our Mamas

It is the festive season, and usually a time of joy, reflection, and relaxation. When our Mamas look back on 2017, we are astounded by all they have achieved, the difficulties they’ve overcome, and their overwhelming dedication to their communities.

Mama Albertina Bloko

2017 was not so easy but I managed to complete all tasks that I promised to do. Crime in our area scares me, but it will not stop me from doing the work that I love. I‘m happy and proud to be a part of Clover Mama Afrika. At least things I did not understand previously, I do now, and I wish to continue paying it forward with the help of the Clover Mama Afrika Trust. Thank you!

Mama Alinah Marumo

As we approach the end of the year I would really like to give thanks for everything my centre got from you. From the winter beanies that we shared amongst the centre and community, to implementing the mosaic project. Wow! It was so exciting and now I cannot go a day without doing mosaic. I am grateful for everything. I am where I am today because of Clover Mama Afrika. Wishing the whole Clover team, a prosperous year ahead. All the best. Thank you.

Mama Dorah Semenya

2017 was my year of thanks! We are only servants of God. Thank you very much for your kindness, love and respect you gave me since I became a Mama. I know I am not alone. 2017 was my year! I received lots and lots of products donated by our Clover Polokwane branch. Our centre and our community benefits from these products. Our children also enjoy sitting under the two beautiful shades made by Clover. Clothes, gifts as well as food parcels donated by Clover has made us so happy. I am grateful for getting this opportunity and I feel honoured. During the holiday season, more than ever our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. And in this spirit, we sincerely say thank you and best wish for the holiday season and a Happy Xmas and Happy New Year!

Mama Doris Ndingane

This was a good but challenging year for me. I had the opportunity to turn hearts and I got to bake for the Somalian shop, after they threatened my bakery. It is amazing what we can achieve with God. Our catering project has done well but not as good as last year, but our egg laying project has grown from 100 chickens to 300 chickens, and that is a real blessing. Finally, I’m thankful for being a Clover Mama Afrika! With the skills I got from them, I was able to help my daughter go to University, and she graduated this year with a pharmacy degree. I thank you Prof Elain for your kind support. Joelle, Ilze and the team; My family and I wish you a very Happy Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mama Felicity Maluleke

It’s that special time of the year again when I’m reminded of what an incredible team we have at Clover Mama Afrika. The passion that you put in our organisations and your continued support through thick and thin. We are blessed to have you in our lives. I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Mama Jacqueline Donkerbroek

Being a Clover Mama Afrika is grace, but, living in a remote rural village can sometimes make one feel isolated. Luckily, being a Clover Mama Afrika means that I have access to incredible support, no matter how big or small my project is, I am not alone. I am pleased to announce that I received an early Christmas present: two children aged 4 years and 7 months have been placed in my care by Social Development, on a temporary basis. They just contacted me to provide care for as long as the children need it, and I am overjoyed at the prospect. God has given me the most amazing Christmas gift, to be able to care for these two little angels. They make all the difficulties of this year fade away. I gave myself a new name, Sarah because at my age mothering a 7-month-old baby is something special. Prof Elain, Joelle, Clover team, and all Mamas: no matter what you are going through God is always there for you. I wish you all a joyful and blessed Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2018!!

Mama Lizzy Magama

I’m writing this message with love. I just want to thank Prof Elain for everything that she has done for me and the children. It’s amazing. The people of Olievenhoutbosch who received your donations this year are very grateful. Prof, thank you for lifting my spirits! You are a miracle in a million. This year was a very good year for us in the bakery, always busy baking bread and making vetkoeks. The bread is doing very well. I want to thank you and your team for my Xmas present. I now get to soak in my bath after a long stressful day and wash my worries away. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. God Bless you guys and protect you and your families.

Mama Nondumiso Mpitimpiti

Clover Mama Afrika has positively impacted my life the most. Clover Mama Afrikas are very respected and has found a huge place in my heart. They are always available to support me and make me feel better. They have wisdom and a mature and positive outlook on life. From them I learned how to survive the obstacles of life. I learned to be more ambitious, to create a goal and work to achieve it. I am well-known everywhere, I go to places I never dreamed of. I am a baker with a huge bakery which is fully equipped. I have different skills that I can transfer to others. With the help of Clover Mama Afrika, my perspective on life has changed and I have my own dreams. Merry Christmas to Prof Elain, Joelle and the team as well as to all Mamas. May this New Year bring you joy and laughter. To be happy is the greatest wish in life. May my love find its way to your heart this holiday season. Have a wonderful time.

Mama Rosemary Machogo

I look back on 2017 as one to be remembered. We are privileged to be Clover Mama Afrikas and we are motivated by your support in continuing to help us to help our communities. It has been a wonderful journey for me these past 13 years. Looking back on the record of how many people I trained in various skills, and how the skills have multiplied and put bread on the table for many families. How we get to play a part in times of distress through all the goodies you send us. We can be there for them in their time of need, all thanks to Clover Mama Afrika and our honourable sponsors. What you are doing is unmeasurable. God Bless you. Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to Clover staff countrywide and Clover Mama Afrika crew.

Mama Shirley Merime

Greetings to all. Blessings upon blessings will follow you all the days of your life for every life you have touched, and every difference you have made. God’s Glory and Favour will cover and surround you in your finance, in your health, physically, mentally and emotionally, in your workplace, in your future plans, in the deep desire of your heart, amongst your friends and in the midst of your enemies, through your Obedience and Faithfulness to God. The Lord will set you high above all nations on the earth. See how all the blessings will come upon you and your family through your obedience to God. He will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you, they will come at you from one direction, but flee from you in seven directions. The Lord will open the heavens, the store house of His bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the works of your hands, for every seed you've sown. Thank you for every new hope you bring, every life you've touched, and every extra mile you always take to uplift the less fortunate. Your harvest will overflow. Merry Christmas all!

Mama Sipiwe Solomons

I wish the board of Clover, all management, and all workers together with their families a Merry Christmas, a happy Festive Season, and a fruitful New Year. 2017 has indeed cemented my identity and influence in my community. I am truly known as Clover Mama Afrika. Our efforts with Clover has reached out and continue to change our communities for the better. Long live Clover, and God Bless Clover SA.

A message from Prof Elain Vlok

The hard work our Mamas do is never over, especially now, when their children need them the most. I am incredibly proud of all that they have achieved; and during the festive season it particularly warms my heart to know that so many children have a safe place they can call home. To all the Clover Mama Afrikas, I wish you a wonderfully blessed festive season filled with grace and love. I know you work hard to keep your centres going as efficiently as you can to provide an income to your community, to give them hope and skills so that they can stand on their own. You are the real St. Nicholas, spreading joy throughout society. May you have a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. I look forward to welcoming you all in 2018 for our Smarties Week.


Thank you to Diversey for your generous donation to our Gauteng Mamas and assisting in creating a hygienic environment. read more

Clover Mama Afrikas are faced with many challenges, including violence. Which is why we fully support 6 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children. read more

Trainers never stop learning, so that they can continue to transfer their knowledge and expand the skills of their trainees. read more


The joy of the festive season is more than just the holidays, breaking away from the daily grind. It is in giving and sharing, spending time with loved ones. It is seeing happiness reflected in the faces of those who receive. Even a little giving means a lot to those with nothing. Click here to see our full wishlist, and make a change in someone’s life.

“That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.”  ― Simone de Beauvoir